IU Health releases first week numbers for free COVID-19 virtual screening process

Last week, Indiana University Health launched a virtual clinic to offer individuals in Indiana, regardless of age, free coronavirus (COVID-19) screenings using the IU Health Virtual Visit app. The IU Health virtual clinic conducted over 2,500 COVID-19 screenings in its first week. Of those free online screenings, 11 people were connected with a local Emergency Department and recommended for testing. One person was confirmed positive through the process.

IU Health Infection Control Medical Director, Dr. Douglas Webb says the virtual clinic has been tremendously successful in keeping sick people from flooding Emergency Departments. 

Staffed 24/7 with IU Health physicians, advance practice providers and registered nurses, the clinic screens Indiana patients from home, potentially eliminating the need to visit physician offices, urgent cares or emergency departments (see instructional video). The team then recommends and facilitates appropriate pathways for care, and provides direct access and communication with local hospitals as medically appropriate.

How can you access the hub?

1. Download the free IU Health Virtual Visits app (Google Play or iTunes) or enroll on your computer.

2. Enroll by creating a free login and completing your personal profile.

3. Connect with the virtual hub, select “Coronavirus Screen” and find the appropriate pathway for care.

Be sure to allow access to your camera and microphone if you are using the app. If you are connecting via desktop, be sure to test your computer settings.

Discover more at iuhealth.org.

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